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Questions about Project 180 priorities go unanswered

by Steve Lackmeyer Published: February 28, 2012

City staff then acknowledged that E.K. Gaylord was being eliminated from Project 180, but gave assurances the city had a great chance at winning a federal transportation grant for the work.

That grant application was recently rejected.

City staff did not tell the committee or council that they were choosing the makeover of Civic Center park (also known as Bicentennial Park), as a priority over the conversion of Hudson Avenue to two-way traffic.

The changed implementation of Project 180, as confirmed by City Engineer Eric Wenger and Assistant City Manager Dennis Clowers, boils down to this: the section of Hudson Avenue between Reno Avenue and Robert S. Kerr Avenue already being rebuilt will open as a two-way corridor.

The next section of Hudson Avenue between Robert S. Kerr Avenue and NW 6 will be a one-way street. North of NW 6 the street will then resume as a two-way corridor.

E.K. Gaylord Boulevard, meanwhile, will remain a six-lane-wide corridor separating the central business district from Bricktown and Deep Deuce, which are widely seen as downtown's most pedestrian-friendly districts.

White's question went unanswered at last week's city council meeting. Will it continue to be greeted with silence as the council weighs whether to proceed with the makeover of Civic Center park?

by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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